Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Patients with Co-occurring Disorders often referred to as Dual Diagnosis, face special challenges that can impact recovery. These include denial, difficulty functioning day-to-day, and trouble maintaining relationships at home, work or school. The Co-occurring Disorders treatment at Fairfax Behavioral Health provides inpatient detoxification for adult or adolescents patients with concurrent mental illness and substance abuse issues. A multi-disciplinary team of psychiatrists, nurses, clinical therapists, discharge planners, and certified chemical dependency counselors’ work with each patient to develop and implement individualized treatment within a group-oriented program.


The overall goal at Fairfax’s Dual Diagnosis Unit is to stabilize the acute symptoms of the mental illness while providing evaluation, psychiatric care, medication management, individual and group psychotherapy, abstinence support, relapse prevention, as well as provide recreational therapy to enhance coping skills for the addiction and substance abuse issues.

Co-occurring Disorders groups focus on education and skill development. Topics addressed in these groups include:

  • Biological, psychological, and social aspects of psychiatric illness and addiction
  • Interactions between psychiatric illness and addiction
  • Holistic perspective of addiction
  • Identification and management of symptoms
  • Denial and defense mechanisms
  • The effects of co-occurring disorders on families
  • Development of coping skills
  • Loss and grief
  • Stress and anger management
  • Shame and guilt
  • Health education and nutrition

Family members are encouraged to participate in our family support groups and are welcome to visit patients.